Sunday, June 24, 2012

Are you a real writer?

I just purchased a Kindle book by bestselling author and writing coach James Scott Bell called Self Publishing Attack! . I've always gotten something from every Bell book I've read, and this one was no exception. But this time, what I took away surprised me.

I just wrote this blurb on Goodreads:
An informative primer for any author who's head is spinning from the ebook revolution and needs some concrete advice for how to take advantage of this landmark time in history. Bell's book is easy to understand, straightforward, and encouraging. Mostly aimed for those wanting to epublish, it does include some insights for self publishing in print form too. I'll be reading it again!

However, it was on the very last page where something hit me hard. Bell's last words in the book are these:

Are you a real writer?

Then keep writing.

And don't stop.


I'm not sure exactly why, maybe it's just where I am in my writing journey, but these words hit me hard. Am I a real writer? I want to be. I feel called to be. These words remind me how important it is that I need to make it my constant goal to get the words down on the page. Not talk about doing it, but actually do it. Thanks, Jim, for inspiring me yet again to never give up.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Features in Honor of Dad

Hi, friends!

In honor of our dads and Father's Day this Sunday, here are a few links to some features I've written in which authors share great stories and insights from their dads:

Our Father's Wisdom: 19 Authors Share What Their Dad Taught Them That They'll Never Forget - Includes Jerry Jenkins, Kathy Tyers, Noel Hynd, Julie Lessman, Tosca Lee, and more.

16 Authors Share Memorable Dad Moments - Includes Bodie Thoene, Shawn Grady, Irene Hannon, Lori Copeland, Gina Holmes, and more.

My Dad's Best Advice: 37 Christian Novelists Share - Includes Francine Rivers, Candace Calvert, Tricia Goyer, Sibella Giorello, Tim Downs and more.

Enjoy! And hug your dad this weekend. :)